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Whenever there is a party where formal seatings are arranged, my friends purposefully put me with people who don't know other people at the party. Why? Because they know I will be keeping them entertained and engaged in conversations the entire time. In all honesty, I really can and do talk to strangers for hours. I'm very eager to learn and eager to share so I enjoy a good conversation on just about any topic.
I've been to 50 countries, the majority together with Kasia. I was "couch surfing" before couch surfing was cool and well before the CS website started :). That's how I met Kasia in Poland in 2001, at an AIESEC meeting. We have been married since October 2002. I'm 38 and Kasia is 33, but we feel and do as if we are still in our early 20's. We enjoy good local food places, dancing, music, and anything that can give us more of a feel of local living rather than touristy stuff.
On November 2012, we welcomed our first boy, Ryu Lucian to the world. On October 2014, we welcomed our 2nd, Neo Ronin. Both are beautiful and amazing kids. Ryu has been to 7 countries, including the Galapagos. Neo has not been outside of the US yet, but will be visiting 4 countries summer of 2015.
We love to meet new people and make new friends around the world. If you are planning on coming to Philadelphia, please get in touch. We may not be able to host, depending on our schedule and situation at any given time, but will do our best to come out and show you our city. Having been here for almost our entire adult lives, we know the city and what it has to offer very well. We love Philadelphia and we love to share it with you.
About Ryu & Neo: We will be traveling with both kids, Philly's youngest CS members. While we understand that potential hosts can be a little put off by young kids, we want to stress that both kids are absolutely wonderful little boys. They are usually very happy all the time and don't cry unless something is really wrong. They both sleep through the night from 8PM to 6AM and can sleep pretty much anywhere. When we travel, they in the same bed with us if the bed is big enough or one of us so he does not require any special arrangement.
"In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth and have begun striving for ourselves." - Siddhartha Gautama
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
We didn't join CS to look for cheap places to stay as we can afford to travel and stay in hotels. We joined because we want to meet people and experience culture through local people. We are perfectly fine with simply providing a couch for our guests, but we too would like to share what Philadelphia has to offer through us. Likewise for when we are guests - we are highly independent, but would love to learn about your city from you.
I started traveling since 1995, but really got into it beginning 2000's. Back then, I used Yahoo! Profiles and contacted random people in the destination where I was planning on visiting. I met many people that way...and that was how I met Kasia. You can read about that story on luckycouple.com.
We have hosted visitors from Sweden, Italy, and France. We also surfed in Greece, FYROM/Macedonia, Germany, and Switzerland.
BEER!!! I love beer. I tried different beers in every country I go to and usually is the first thing I get when I arrive. I'm a bit picky about them so I'm somewhat savvy about places in my city, Philadelphia, where they serve the best beers. I also enjoy wine, fine port (especially from Graham's), good gin (Tanqueray 10), good rum...all straight up.
Photography and firearms are our two major hobbies. We are both semi-professional photographers, mostly hobby, but do small paid gigs from time to time. Kasia and I are both NRA-certified home safety and pistol instructors and we teach people, especially women, how to be safe and operate firearms. We have taken many foreign visitors, including our couch surfing guests, out to the range and every single one came back with a HUGE smile on their face. This is one of the things that we would offer for visitors to experience if they are interested.
I'm a Zen Buddhist and own the website zenguide.com. I'm also a big fan of John Waterhouse artworks. I've traveled to many places to his paintings in person. If you simply search for "Waterhouse", the first website on the artist is mine. Kasia is a non-practicing Catholic, an avid yoga practitioner, and a great cook (mostly Asian food).
Aside from those, we love watching sports. We watch almost every sport there is...yes, including bowling, curling, and NASCAR. We HUGE fans of the New Zealand All Blacks, Argentina soccer team, the Dallas Cowboys (yes, the Cowboys), Philadelphia Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers.
Music, Movies, and Books
Way too many to list, but we have an extensive collection of DVDs/BRs from every genre, yes, including XXX :). A few "top off the head":
Shinobi: Heart Under Blade
We enjoy world fusion/eclectic music, especially with a Middle Eastern flavor but also some traditional good solid rock, like...
Idan Raichel Project
Metallica/STP/Clutch/Alice in Chains
Pretty much all classic rock and any good music from any genre, including country
Kasia reads a lot and a variety of books. I'm a big fan of Kahlil Gibran, other than that, I don't really read unless something interests me at random. I prefer history over story, but my favorite book of all time is The Alchemist.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
- Saw sunrise from a hot air balloon over Valley of the Kings in Egypt
- Visited to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (West Bank, Palestine) on Christmas Eve
- Spent a night in a Bedouin tent and visited a Bedouin home on the same night in Jordan
- Spent 10 days in the Galapagos while Kasia was pregnant with Neo and Ryu was 18 months old.
Teach, Learn, Share
We invite all couch surfers, whether they stay with us or not, to the shooting range with us. It's a piece of Americana that you will unlikely to experience elsewhere. We will give you thorough safety & techniques lessons and you will get to try at least 4 different types of firearms. We guarantee a fun and educational experience. Don't believe us? Message our past guests and ask them.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Austria, Belize, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Philippines, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam